FROM STAFF REPORTS
The wrath of Region 2-7A boys basketball caught back up to Coweta County on Tuesday.
Both Newnan and East Coweta came up short in region contests against state-ranked lineups from Wheeler and Pebblebrook, respectively, heading into the second week of play among 2-7A teams.
The Indians suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday while trying to add momentum to an already impressive start that included their first state-ranking in Class 7A.
Coming off a thrilling upset of Westlake at home on Friday, East Coweta’s first win in 17 tries, the Indians battled another state-ranked region opponent to the finish before falling 63-60 to Pebblebrook on the road.
The Indians jumped out to an early 10-2 lead before host Pebblebrook caught up and took command of the game with a nine-point run between the first and second quarters.
Despite trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, East Coweta chipped away and put together a late run. The Indians pull even for the first time since the second quarter in a 58-58 tie before taking a short-lived lead on a pair of free throws.
Pebblebrook, however, scored the final five points of the game — all of which came from the free-throw line, to stave off a potential upset.
The Falcons improved to 5-1 overall while winning their Region 2-7A opener. East Coweta, which fell to 8-1 and 1-1 in the region, head to Saturday’s prestigious Memphis vs. Atlanta vs. Birmingham tournament while facing Hueytown, Ala. (6-3).
Earlier this season, East Coweta defeated four-time Alabama state champion Carver.
In other boys basketball action:
Trinity Christian 76, Weber School 45: The Lions opened their home schedule by snapping a three-game losing streak amid a gauntlet of tough opponents that began with Heritage School and continued with games against Eagle’s Landing Christian and Greater Atlanta Christian.
A balanced effort was led by Brady Burnett’s 16 points while seven teammates contributed at least six in Tuesday’s effort.
Maclean Hoekwater, Dami Onakoya and Truitt Thompson each paced the victory with nine points apiece, while Reed Benefield added eight.
Giancarlo Bastianoni Sanchez, Thomas Yeager and Dylan Maynard each finished with six points.
Trinity dropped a tough 65-49 decision on the road against defending Class 3A state champion Greater Atlanta Christian on Monday.
Burnett led three Lions in double figures with 13 points. Sanchez and Tyler Whitfield added 12 and 11, respectively, while Hoekwater had eight.
Trinity improved to 4-5 overall while now facing Josey (4-2) on Saturday in the Wilkinson Classic.
Northgate 54, Pike County 41: The Vikings swept a pair of non-region games against Pike County while completing a home-and-home series on the road Tuesday.
Northgate began its season with a 62-25 win at home over Pike.
The Vikings improved to 3-2 overall while preparing to host Temple in another non-region game on Friday.
Heritage School 45, Creekside Christian 32: The Hawks opened GISA Region 1-AAA play with a victory while improving to 4-2 overall.